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A compact SUV in the concept model; Nissan Magnite hits the market

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Nissan has just previewed its upcoming compact SUV for India with the premiere of the Magnite Concept. Revealed in rendering videos, the Nissan Magnite Concept is our best indicator yet of what the final product will look like.

Futuristic design
Nissan has teased various elements of the Magnite Concept in the past, but it’s only today that the SUV has been shown in full. With its gently sloping A- and C-pillars, the Magnite has a crossover-like stance, which will make it instantly distinguishable amidst its more traditionally shaped compact SUV rivals. Exaggerated wheel arches add mass to the look and the sculpted bonnet also helps make the Magnite look ‘full-bodied’.

Styling is new-age Nissan. The peeled-back headlamps link the Magnite to the larger Kicks, while the sizeable grille helps establish a connection with Nissan’s largest SUVs. The octagonal design of the grille and large L-shaped DRLs are very Datsun, however. Interestingly, the Magnite began life as a Datsun project, but will finally make production badged as a Nissan. Chrome and red details embellish the grille, while the front bumper sports a rugged-looking scuff plate.

Nissan has not released further details, but you can expect the off-road tyres and the stylised wheels to be restricted to the concept only. 16-inch wheels are the norm in the compact SUV segment and something we’d expect on the production-spec model too. The chunky cladding on the wheel arches and door sills, blackened A-pillars and contrast roof, and chromed door handles are elements you can expect to make production.

Rear-end styling is tidy with LED headlamps flanking a chunky tail-gate. The rear bumper gets brushed silver elements and a scuff plate, though the look will likely be toned-down.

Feature-rich
Nissan did not reveal the Magnite Concept’s interior, but brand spokespersons did touch upon cabin space in their presentation, suggesting the model could be among the roomiest in the class. Nissan also confirmed that the Magnite will be big on features, with an 8.0-inch touchscreen, connected tech, 360-degree cameras and cruise control being part of the package. Auto climate control and steering-mountedcontrols are other features expected.

The Nissan Magnite will go on sale in India ‘within the financial year’, though Autocar India has learnt the model is scheduled for a January 2021 launch. The Magnite will be available with a total of four engine-and-gearbox options. The range will include a 72hp, 1.0-litre naturally aspirated, three-cylinder petrol engine available with manual and AMT auto gearbox options, and there’ll also be a near-95hp 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo-petrol unitthat’ll get manual and CVT automatic transmission options.

Renault-Nissan’s manufacturing facility in Tamil Nadu will be the mother plant for the Magnite.

We’ll have to wait until January 2021 for more details, but the Magnite is expected to have an aggressive starting price, with the top-spec variant likely to be priced on par with the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza.

Termed a “transformational product” by Nissan COO Ashwani Gupta, the compact SUV has a lot riding on it. If the Magnite Concept is anything to go by, Nissan India could just have its first big hit in a long time.

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The Indian pharmaceutical company will be fined US $ 50 million

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Washington: An Indian drug manufacturer has agreed to plead guilty to concealing and destroying records prior to a 2013 US Food and Drug Administration’s inspection of its plant and pay USD 50 million in fines and forfeiture, the Department of Justice has announced.

In a criminal information filed in federal court in the District of Nevada and unsealed on Tuesday, Fresenius Kabi Oncology Limited (FKOL) was charged with violating the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act by failing to provide certain records to Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) investigators.

As part of a criminal resolution, FKOL agreed to plead guilty to the misdemeanour offense, pay a criminal fine of USD 30 million, and forfeit an additional USD 20 million. FKOL also agreed to implement a compliance and ethics programme designed to prevent, detect, and correct violations of US law relating to FKOL’s manufacture of cancer drugs intended for terminally ill patients, a media release said.

“By hiding and deleting manufacturing records, FKOL sought to obstruct the FDA’s regulatory authority and prevent the FDA from doing its job of ensuring the purity and potency of drugs intended for US consumers,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian Boynton of the Justice Department’s Civil Division.

“FKOL’s conduct put vulnerable patients at risk. The Department of Justice will continue to work with FDA to prosecute drug manufacturers who obstruct these inspections,” the statement said.

“Pharmaceutical companies that obstruct FDA inspections jeopardise patient safety,” said US Attorney Nicholas A. Trutanich for the District of Nevada.

According to court documents, FKOL owned and operated a manufacturing plant in Kalyani, West Bengal, that manufactured active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) used in various cancer drug products distributed to the United States.

The government alleges that prior to a January 2013 FDA inspection of the Kalyani facility, FKOL plant management directed employees to remove certain records from the premises and delete other records from computers that would have revealed FKOL was manufacturing drug ingredients in contravention of FDA requirements.

Kalyani plant employees removed computers, hardcopy documents, and other materials from the premises and deleted spreadsheets that contained evidence of the plant’s violative practices, the Department of Justice alleged.

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Coca-Cola and Pepsi have been fined Rs 72 crore by the Pollution Control Board

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Beverage manufacturers Coca-Cola and PepsiCo and bottled water manufacturer Bisleri have been fined by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) for not filing statutory returns to government bodies with regards to collection and disposal of plastic waste.

The orders issued by the CPCB on February 3 directed Bisleri to pay a fine of Rs 10.75 crore, Hindustan Coca-Cola to pay Rs 50.66 crore and Pepsico India Holdings, Rs 8.7 crore. The companies have been given 15 days to pay the fine and fulfil the requirements that were violated. Failing this, the orders stated that the CPCB will “levy Environmental compensation without giving any further notice.”

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is a system where producers have to take responsibility for managing the disposal of waste and other products after they are no longer of use to consumers. According to the issued orders, the EPR action plan submitted by Coca-Cola stated that the total waste generated through them during August 2019 and September 2020 was 1,05,744 tonnes; but they collected and disposed of only about 23,442 tonnes.

Bisleri, on the other hand, had not provided any information regarding the collection and disposal of waste during the submission of its Quarterly Performance Report (QPR). The company was fined for not disposing of 21,500 tonnes of plastic waste, while Pepsico was held responsible for 11,914 tonnes of waste.

In a statement, a Bisleri spokesperson said that it “is a compliant organisation and adheres to the provisions of PWM Rules, directions and orders passed thereunder from time to time. We have timely submitted all the requisite documents as and when advised by CPCB. As a dedicated and socially responsible corporate, we have adhered to all the guidelines issued by the government. We have been creating awareness about plastic segregation and recycling of plastic. We have been educating citizens through corporates, schools and RWAs. The idea behind the initiative is to “Be The Change You Want To See” by disposing and recycling plastic responsibly.”

“Both SDMC (South Delhi Municipal Corporation) and EDMC (East Delhi Municipal Corporation) in Delhi are aware and have been most supportive of our program. SDMC and EDMC both have been collaborating with Bisleri’s ‘Bottles for Change’ initiative to spread an awareness about clean plastic segregation. We are currently working closely with the regulators to share detailed information relating to our actions on compliance to resolve the issue at the earliest,” the spokesperson added.

Other beverage makers who were penalised for not disposing of plastic waste include Patanjali who was asked to pay Rs 1 crore and NourishCo Beverages (whose products include packaged water brand Himalayan), Rs 89 lakh.

Apart from beverage companies, the Indian Tobacco Company (ITC) has also received an order from the CPCB for “non-compliance of plastic waste management rules” and was fined Rs 5 crore for the violation. The order also directed ITC to formulate an action plan to switch to environmentally friendly alternatives for cigarette packaging within a timeframe of 30 days.

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